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A collection of stories and insights on matters of discovery that advance life sciences. Brought to you by the curious people at Cytiva.

A collection of stories and insights on matters of discovery that advance life sciences. Brought to you by the curious people at Cytiva.


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A collection of stories and insights on matters of discovery that advance life sciences. Brought to you by the curious people at Cytiva.




32. Discovery Makers: Dorraya El-Ashry

Scientists love asking “why?” But they often have intensely personal reasons for solving challenges too. Meet Dorraya El-Ashry, scientist and trailblazer whose work on breast cancer is making the world a better, healthier place. Dorraya is using her three decades of research experience to direct the fight against this deadly disease. Look out, breast cancer.


31. Discovery Makers: Robert "Bob" Lefkowitz

This episode almost became a 3 hour long one - Robert "Bob" Lefkowitz, PhD., is a phenomenal, infinite source of knowledge. Dodi and Conor are still an awe and deep appreciation for the time spent with the 2012 Nobel Prize laureate for Chemistry (shared with Brian Kobilka). Dive in and listen to the #discoverymakers story of Bob Lefkowitz talking about humor, creativity and resilience in science discoveries.


31. Discovery Makers: Molly Stevens

In this episode of Discovery Matters, Dodi and Conor meet a professor of biomedical materials and regenerative medicine at Imperial College, a brilliant #DiscoveryMaker who heads the Stevens Group: a diverse band of researchers working at the frontier between living and non-living matter. Meet Molly Stevens. A scientist exploring the frontier between living and non-living matter. Molly works at the nanoscale, a million times beyond the range of the human eye, to boost the body’s powers of...


30. Oligos part 2

Remember our first episode on oligonucleotides, telling the story of Roy living with spinal muscular atrophy? We were so amazed by this technology, we promised to follow up at a later date - and today is the day! Listen to find out how Roy is doing today, and hear from Harvard medical doctor and researcher, Tim Yu and Nikki Reyes-McIntosh, mother of Miles who also lives with SMA and is treated by oligos.


29. The science of science denial

Longer episode than we're usually used to, but we think it's worth it. Why does science denial exist, how does it work and what's the antidote? Join Conor, Dodi and their guests: Haafizah Hoosen, Ask for Evidence Ambassador at Sense about Science + Dr. Danna Young, Associate Prof Communication & Political Science at University of Delaware. Looking for further reading? Conor recommends this article from VOX. This is a first-person essay with a unique perspective on a complicated...


28. The magical world of fungi (part 1)

Conor finally brings the 15 minutes of fame to fungi - mushrooms being second only to his "microbiomania". We invite you to the beginning of the journey to understand the importance of fungi and mushrooms. Guests are Clare Blencowe, an amateur mycologist and manager at Sussex Biodiversity Record Centre, and Merlin Sheldrake, a biologist and a writer with a background in plant sciences, microbiology, ecology, and the history and philosophy of science. If you want to go down the rabbit whole...


27. Best of 2020

2020 wasn't all bad! We met some fascinating scientists during the year who helped us understand topics like quantum biology, how baking bread helps us make medicines, and why we embrace the very, very cold. We hope you have enjoyed Discovery Matters in 2020 and that you'll let us know what you want to hear in 2021! As Conor says, "every day is a school day."


26. Mapping tissues and tumors

How do we find our way? Consulting a map is the age-old answer, at least geographically. But the art of mapping - considered a superpower by one of this episode's guests - extends to anything we want to understand better. Join Conor and Dodi on this exploration of data visualization. Your challenge at the end of the episode - spend time on these sites: thanks to our guests Paul Goodwin from Cytiva and Katy...


25. It all adds up: mathematical simulations in biopharma research

This episode is easily one of our favorites: everything from design of experiments, to AI-powered math simulations, to existential questions. Conor and Dodi welcomed Tobias Hahn from GoSilico, alongside two of their colleagues from Cytiva - principal scientist Gunnar Malmquist and advanced chromatography specialist, John Scibetta. Have a listen, share this gem and rate us on your favorite podcast.


24. Breast cancer research during COVID19

With the arrival of October we notice the (re)arrival of pink ribbons - it is Breast Cancer Awareness month. In this episode of Discovery Matters, Dodi and Conor talk to dr. Margaret Flowers who is the director of research at The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, BCRF. They discuss cellular nutrition, hormone positive breast cancer, chemo prevention, and the state of breast cancer research during COVID times. Enjoy the episode, and if you want to find out more about the amazing work that...


23. Chill out: from cryotherapy to cryopreservation

Popular science and cell biology collide in this episode as Dodi and Conor discuss the science of cryogenics and its diverse applications. They are joined by Cytiva Senior Scientists and cryobiologists, Peter Kilbride and Julie Meneghel, as well as Fernanda Fonseca, Research Director at the French National Institute for Agriculture, Food, and Environment (INRAE). Executive Producer and PopSci enthusiast, Andrea Kilin, kicks off the discussion by sharing her experience with cryotherapy!


Discovery Matters ... because it does!

Life sciences has a new podcast! A collection of stories and insights on matters of discovery that advance life sciences. Hosts are Dodi Axelson and Conor McKechnie, friends for gloriously long years and colleagues at Cytiva. Enjoy!


22. The Molecular Clamp - Perspectives from one team's search for a COVID-19 vaccine

While it may not be here tomorrow, scientists around the world are racing to develop viable COVID-19 vaccine candidates. In this episode, Dodi and Conor share the perspectives of two researchers on the vaccine development team for the Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology - Professors Trent Munro and Keith Chappell. Learn how Trent and Keith's team identified their lead vaccine candidate from an initial field of 200 in just over 5 weeks!


July bonus - Fun scientific facts

Dodi and Conor welcome colleague Kaycee Palumbo for the Discovery Matters special of "Did you know?" Sources: Drugged-out hallucinating zombie cicadas zombie ants The human...


21. The brewer, the baker and the biotech maker

Without baking and brewing, there'd be no biotech. Join Dodi and Conor through the discovery of fermentation, bags of wheat at the Stockholm Brewing company, and too much pizza dough on Sundays at The Bakery. Guest on this episode are: Anna Roswall, Head Baker at The Bakery; Michel Ahlin-Wigardt, Head Brewer at The Stockholm Brewery; Nigel Darby, Senior Advisor at Cytiva and Paul Goodwin, Science Director at Cytiva. Cheers!


20. Seeing things small: what does biology and telecom have in common?

Excited about the combination of biology, engineering and computing being the 21st century's big leap forward? Do you see biological computing actually becoming a thing? Join Dodi and Conor to discuss how all the lines are blurring: where there used to be separate industries we can all learn from each other. Guests on this episode are Prachi Bogetto of Cytiva, and Cristian Norlin from Ericsson.


19. The discovery of ProteinA

The Scandinavians have done it again. In this episode Conor and Dodi are (not really) surprised to find out that, just like chromatography, proteinA has also been discovered in the North of Europe. What makes protein A special, though? What about protein G or protein L? Surely protein A is not the most popular because of alphabetical order? This episode's hosts are joined by Josefin Bolik, protein A subject matter expert at Cytiva, Glen Bolton, Director of Bioprocess Development at Amgen,...


18. Quantum biology: going subatomic

How do birds know where to go in the winter? And why are plants so efficient at making food? Conor and Dodi chat with researchers studying whether quantum biology might offer answers.


17. How does your brain discover what it wants

In this episode Dodi and Conor take 2 minutes to celebrate the birth of Cytiva, company formerly part of GE Healthcare Life Sciences. Yes, only 2 minutes because they're immediately more interested in the science behind choices our brains make. They are joined by Uma Karmarkar, Assistant Professor in Marketing at UCSD focusing on Decision Neuroscience and Tim Arthur, currently a radio presenter for the BBC and an expert in helping organisations through change.


16. The artistry of vaccine development

"Vaccines are a way to educate our immune system to recognize foreign and dangerous stuff." - says Daria Donati, Director of Business Development and Innovation at Cytiva. Dodi and Conor embark on a journey in this episode of Discovery matters: the journey of a vaccine. They are joined by Adrian Hill, Professor of Human Genetics at the University of Oxford and Consultant Physician and Rebecca Chandler, Senior Contributor at WHO's Uppsala Monitoring Center.